undercook

verb
un·​der·​cook | \ ˌən-dər-ˈku̇k How to pronounce undercook (audio) \
undercooked; undercooking; undercooks

Definition of undercook

transitive verb

: to cook insufficiently or less than thoroughly The kitchen badly undercooked a nicely conceived plate of grilled petrale sole fillets surrounded by potatoes and zucchini.— Harvey Steiman

Other Words from undercook

undercooked \ ˌən-​dər-​ˈku̇kt How to pronounce undercook (audio) \ adjective
a serving of undercooked chicken

Examples of undercook in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their more slender profile also means it’s harder to undercook them. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 8 Aug. 2022 There’s nothing worse than shelling out big bucks for a fat rib eye or a bunch of lamb chops only to accidentally overcook or undercook them. Amiel Stanek, Bon Appétit, 1 Nov. 2021 McBride undercooks a couple of his subplots, especially the druggy ones. Junot Díaz, New York Times, 29 Feb. 2020 Lack of refrigeration can easily cause food to spoil, and unpredictable fires and feeble camp stoves can lead to undercooking mistakes. Nicole Clausing, Sunset Magazine, 22 Jan. 2020 You either undercook it or, worse, overcook it and are left with a sad feast. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, 25 Oct. 2019 Many recipes get this effect by purposely undercooking the cake, so that the middle is raw batter. Bon Appétit, Bon Appetit, 27 Apr. 2018 Many recipes get this effect by purposely undercooking the cake, so that the middle is raw batter. Bon Appétit, Bon Appetit, 27 Apr. 2018 Many recipes get this effect by purposely undercooking the cake, so that the middle is raw batter. Bon Appétit, Bon Appetit, 27 Apr. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of undercook

1598, in the meaning defined above

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15 Aug 2022

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“Undercook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undercook. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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